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HPV stands for human papillomavirus which can cause certain types of cancers including Cervical Cancer. HPV vaccination or Cervical Cancer Vaccination and regular screening are effective in preventing these cancers.

Vaccination schedule adapted from IAP* Advisory Committee of Vaccination & Immunization Practices (ACVIP) *Indian Academy of Pediatrics
What should you do if you miss the vaccination?
CATCH-UP VACCINATION

If you miss out the dose of these vaccinations during the stipulated time, you can consult with your doctor for a Catch-up Vaccination.

Did you know?
  • Cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women with an estimated 604,000 new cases in 2020 worldwide.
  • HPV vaccination can protect against cancers caused by HPV virus such as cervical, anal, vaginal, and vulvar precancers (abnormal cells that can lead to cancer).
Don’t Delay!

Talk to your doctor about the Cervical Cancer Vaccination.

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is the cancer of the cervix (mouth of uterus), which is a part of the female reproductive system. The cancer may start in the cervix, eventually spreading to the rest of the body.

While all women are at risk of cervical cancer, it is more often seen among women over 30 years of age. The most common cause of this is HPV, or Human Papillomavirus.

How is Cervical Cancer transmitted?

Cervical Cancer is not a contagious disease and cannot be transmitted. Cervical Cancer is caused by certain type of HPV, which is transmitted through sexual contact.

Symptoms and Complications of Cervical Cancer

Precancerous lesions could be a symptom of cervical cancer. Apart from this, initial symptoms of cervical cancer could include:

  • Spotting or light bleeding between periods
  • Increased, irregular, or foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Spotting or bleeding post-menopause
  • Bleeding post sexual intercourse

Advanced symptoms of cervical cancer could include:

  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal discomfort
  • Persistent pain in the back, pelvis, either or both legs
  • Swelling of either or both legs

If the cancer has spread from the cervix to other parts of the body, it may show other symptoms.

When should a child get Cervical Cancer Vaccination?

Your child should get:

2 doses at 6 months interval between 9–14 years of age

3 doses (at 0, 1–2 and 6 months) 15 years or older, and immunocompromised

However, consult your doctor for more information.

Common Side Effects associated with the HPV Vaccination

Commonly observed possible side effects of the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer include:

  • Redness or soreness where the vaccine was injected
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Muscle or joint pain

For more details on side effects, please consult your doctor.

FAQs

How can one reduce the risk for cervical cancer?

Primary prevention against cervical cancer is achieved through the HPV vaccination. Apart from this, education and awareness about health concerns should be facilitated. Secondary prevention is encouraged for women over 30 years of age with screening, such as an HPV test.

A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India.

Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model. The disease representation icons/images and animation are for illustrative purpose only.

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The list of diseases mentioned here are the diseases featuring in the list of preventable diseases by IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) in their routine and catchup vaccination recommendations. There could be diseases beyond the list which could affect the child. Please consult your pediatrician for more information.
A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India. Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model.
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